I made a wooden tool box a while back and have been using for my inspection tools. I like the impression it makes on clients but I never really like the box. Tools were just pilled in and there was no organization.
A few months ago a made a new one but made several mistakes on it and honestly I hated it. It was to big and bulky and was just plain ugly. Never posted a photo because of that.
Friday while waiting on glue to dry on the Laundry cabinet I decided to start on a new box design. I finished it up last night. Here is the one I wanted to replace. Nothing wrong with it other than it was just an open box and a bit heavy.
I spend a few minutes laying out my tools and mocking up the dividers to come up with something that worked for me. There is what I came up with.
I made is on the small side. I don't have much room to add any additional tools but I don't anticipate any new purchases either. I carry spare batteries in the truck and wanted some in the toolbox. So I figure I remove the batteries if I needed more space. Main thing was keep it compact and lighter than the old one.
I made it with some of the old oak I found since it was nice and thin. I made the dividers form sycamore I picked up at the saw mill. It was less than 2/4 so it was perfect for dividers. The handle is a piece of cypress so I could keep the weight down. I don't really like the way it looks but this is a working box and it will get banged up, so I wasn't overly concerned about the look.
Here is the old with the new. You see how much smaller it is and much lighter too!